Hiring employees in Portugal

Resource Type: Country Guides | Published Date: 1 February 2021

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in Portugal so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, including the revised Labour Code, the Regulation of the Labour Code and Labour Procedural Code (CPT).

For example, the Portuguese Constitution and Labour Code protects individuals against discrimination based on background, sex, race, language, territory of origin, religion, political or ideological convictions, origin, education, financial status or social condition.

This guidance will enable you to navigate Portugal’s legislation, providing you with the insights needed to operate compliantly.

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in Portugal are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Social security coverage
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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